Officer Sterling

I could have sworn I had another Sterling from the same era as my 54/55. Boy, I was way off! This one hails from the year of my birth. He doesn’t have that classic look; he’s more dignified in a military officer sort of way.

It’s probably not fair to compare the two, but I will anyway. The touch on this one is very stiff, by comparison. But the typing is much more consistent and reliable. The platen on this one is actually harder than the older machine, causing a louder, higher-pitched *thwap*. The escapement issue on the 55 is disheartening, but I need to figure out if it is a mechanical issue or user error.

I should be in bed right now, but I told myself I just wanted to do a quick test type. It’s still not midnight, so perhaps I have succeeded in that.

Goodnight, Officer Sterling.


Test typing of the Smith-Corona Sterling (1955)

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

There doesn’t seem to be an escapement issue when I type very deliberately, so maybe it was just user error, poor technique. I think with computer keyboards we are a bit spoiled, typing however we want with little regard to technique.

This bodes well for this typer living on my desk for a bit longer. I do like the look of this one better than my 1972 Sterling. It’s way 70’s.

Red is the color of the ribbon selector in the morning when we rise. This seems to work really well. It almost looks pink on this lavender paper. And I’m okay with that.

You won’t be able to read this very well. It’s the stencil setting.

Yep, this is one of the best typers in my collection. And I’m happy about that.

Author: Gregory

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